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Chiefs Notebook: Several Young Defensive Players Answer the Bell When Called Upon

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 30-14, on Sunday afternoon to remain undefeated on the season.

Here’s a look at the players on offense, defense and special teams that saw the most action on Sunday.

Offense:

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Player Position Offensive Snaps Percentage of Total Offensive Snaps
Cameron Erving Offensive Guard 70 100%
Eric Fisher Offensive Tackle 70 100%
Patrick Mahomes Quarterback 70 100%
Mitchell Schwartz Offensive Tackle 70 100%
Mitch Morse Center 70 100%
Travis Kelce Tight End 66 94%
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Offensive Guard 64 91%
Tyreek Hill Wide Receiver 64 91%
Sammy Watkins Wide Receiver 60 86%
Kareem Hunt Running Back 52 74%

Notes:

-Tight end Travis Kelce led all pass-catchers in offensive snaps once again on Sunday (66; 94 percent), doing so for a fifth-straight week. The All-Pro tight end caught five passes for a team-high 100 yards on the day, marking his 13th 100-yard game since the beginning of the 2016 season – tied with Falcons’ wide receiver Julio Jones and Steelers' wide receiver Antonio Brown for the most in the NFL.

-Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who was listed as questionable entering the game with a hamstring injury, played 60 offensive snaps (86 percent). Watkins caught a team-high six passes for 78 yards.

-Tailback Kareem Hunt played a season-high 74 percent of Kansas City’s offensive snaps (52), rushing for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Defense:

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Player Position Defensive Snaps Percentage of Total Defensive Snaps
Kendall Fuller Cornerback 83 100%
Steve Nelson Cornerback 83 100%
Ron Parker Safety 83 100%
Anthony Hitchens Linebacker 76 92%
Orlando Scandrick Cornerback 68 82%
Allen Bailey Defensive End 62 75%
Dee Ford Linebacker 56 67%
Jordan Lucas Safety 56 67%
Breeland Speaks Linebacker 56 67%
Terrance Smith Linebacker 53 64%

Notes:

-Cornerbacks Kendall Fuller (7 tackles) and Steve Nelson (3 tackles, 2 passes defensed, 1 interception) and safety Ron Parker (3 tackles, 2 passes defensed) each played all 83 of Kansas City’s defensive snaps. Nelson tallied the first interception of his career late in the first half.

-Linebackers Breeland Speaks (67 percent) and Tanoh Kpassagnon (40 percent) each saw their most playing time of the season. Speaks recovered a fumble in the first half.

-Another young player, defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi, tallied 40 defensive snaps (48 percent) in his most action of the season.

-Safety Jordan Lucas played a season-high 56 defensive snaps (67 percent) following injuries to fellow safeties Eric Murray and Armani Watts – and he made the most of it. The third-year defensive back recorded six tackles (4 solo) and the first interception of his career late in the game.

-Linebacker Terrance Smith played a season-high 64 percent of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps (53), tallying five tackles (4 solo) and the first sack of his professional career. Smith also played 18 snaps on special teams.

Special Teams:

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Player Position Special Teams Snaps Percentage of Total Special Teams Snaps
Demetrius Harris Tight End 22 92%
Anthony Sherman Fullback 20 83%
Ben Niemann Linebacker 18 75%
Terrance Smith Linebacker 18 75%
Charvarius Ward Cornerback 18 75%

Notes:

-Tight end Demetrius Harris played a team-leading 22 snaps on special teams (92 percent). It marked the highest percentage of special teams’ snaps recorded by a Chiefs’ player this season. Harris also played 29 snaps on offense (41 percent), catching one pass for five yards.

-Fullback Anthony Sherman played 20 snaps on special teams (83 percent).

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